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Burundi National Assembly dismisses AU Commission chairman arguments over Ndadaye assassination case

In a statement released on December 5, Burundi National Assembly rejects the arguments put forward by Faki Mahamat Moussa, chairman of the African Union commission who sees the reopening of the case on the assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye as an act that could undermine national unity and hinder the activities of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR).

Pascal Nyabenda, President of the National Assembly: “Burundi is not in crisis. No current situation could prevent Burundian institutions from functioning normally”

Pascal Nyabenda, President of the National Assembly: “Burundi is not in crisis. No current situation could prevent Burundian institutions from functioning normally”

“Burundi is not in crisis. No current situation could prevent Burundian institutions from functioning normally,” stated Pascal Nyabenda, Speaker of the National Assembly.
According to him, Burundi justice is just investigating a case it already opened. “The mission of CVR is not preventing courts from closing pending trials,” he explains.

After Burundi Attorney General launched international arrest warrants against 17 Burundians including Ex-President Pierre Buyoya on November 30, the chairman of the African Union Commission asked the Government of Burundi to avoid taking actions that might complicate the resolution of the conflict.
In a statement, Moussa Faki Mahamat urged the Burundian authorities to refrain from taking measures, including “judicial” measures, likely to complicate the search for a solution to the crisis.

The National Assembly supports and encourages Burundi justice to continue to conduct thorough investigations in order to definitively eradicate impunity in the country. It calls on international organizations to stop interfering in Burundi internal affairs and let Burundian justice do its job.

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